Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Denim Love (PTU) Tutorial

Denim Love - Dianna

This tutorial was written by Dianna Richards of Digicats (and Dogs)/Di Before Dawn Tutorials. Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.

Please do not rebroadcast, redistribute or otherwise claim this tutorial or any part there of as your own work.

Items you will need to complete this project:

The Denim Love taggers kit by Gothic Inspirations, This is a PTU kit which is available at Gothic You will also need the corresponding sampler, which is available for free on Jessica's blog.

Tube of choice. I am using Road Rebel, by Darkmoon's Dream. This is a PTU tube, and you must have a license to use this tube, which is available at Scraps and the

Mask of choice. I am using the Grunge37 mask by Nik's Scripts & Scraps which is part of her PSP Masks Mega Pack.

Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using Century Gothic which is a Windows System font. If you do not have it, you can download it HERE.

I am also using the Denim Alpha by Lady Noelle (optional) which is a PTU alpha that can be purchased at

Note that H# and V# refer to horizontal and vertical coordinates on your canvas ruler grid. Make sure you have View -> Rulers checked in order to see the ruler grid.

When I say "Add to your canvas" I expect that you will copy and paste it as a new layer, unless otherwise stated in the tutorial.

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of PSP. It was written using PSP X3, but should work in PSP 8 and up.

To begin, open a new raster layer canvas, 800 x 800 pxl, flood fill white.

Open paper of choice. I am using Paper8-GI_DenimLove. Layers -> Load/Save mask -> Load Mask from Disk and select mask of choice. I am using Grunge37. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked, then click on load.

Resize to 800 x 800 pixels. Edit -> Copy Special -> Copy Merged and add to main canvas, centered.

Open HeartBling-GI_DenimLove, and add to main canvas, centered at H350, V300.

Open Frame4-GI_DenimLove and resize to 600 x 600 pixels. Add to main canvas, centered. Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate Right, 18 degrees.

Open tube of choice. I am using Road Rebel by Darkmoon's Dream. Open RoadRebel04 and resize to 35%. Add to main canvas, centered.

On the layers pallet, right click on the frame layer, Raster 3 and duplicate. Right click on the copy of raster 3 and go to Arrange -> Bring to Top.

With your selection tool set to rectangle - replace, select the top half the frame layer copy, Copy of Raster 3, and delete.

Selections -> Select None.

Open RoadRebel02 and resize to 35%. Add to main canvas, centered at H250, V500.

Open StichedHearts-GI_DenimLove and add to main canvas, centered at H600, V400.

Open Ribbon04-GI_DenimLove and add to main canvas, centered at H575, V400.

On the layers pallet, click on the frame layer, Raster 3 to activate. Open Baby's Breath-GI_DenimLove, and add to main canvas, centered at H200, V400.

Right click on the Baby's Breath on the layers pallet (Raster 8) and duplicate. Relocate the duplication to H275, V450. Duplicate again and put the second duplication at H225, V450.

Using your eraser tool, erase the bits of the Baby's Breath stems that are showing beneath the tube layer.

Return to top layer.

From the Denim Love Sampler, open Flower2-GI_DenimLoveSampler and resize to 50%. Add to main canvas centered at H550, V650.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to dark red (#400000). Using font of choice, add copyright information to your tag. for the Road Rebel tube, that information is:

©Darkmoon's Dream Your SatC_License#.

I am using Century Gothic, 4 points, bold and centered and have free rotated my text, right 18 degrees to match the angle of the frame. I have located my text at H525, V90. I also added the optional background credits and tagged by information at this point.

Using the following settings, add a white drop shadow to your text: offsets of 3 each, opacity of 100%, blur of 5 and color #ffffff. Repeat using offsets of -3 each and leaving all other information the same.

Starting with Raster3, the frame layer, and working upward, add a drop shadow of choice to each of the element on your main canvas except for the frame layer copy (copy of raster 3), and the copyright layer. I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal of 5 each, opacity of 75%, blur of 15 and color black (#000000).

You can now save the artist's copy of your tag as a .pspimage file.

Using font or alpha of choice, add name of choice to tag. I am using the Denim Alpha by Lady Noelle. I have my name centered at H550, V700, and have added a drop shadow to match the rest of the tag.

Drop the white background layer and merge visible. Resize to 75% (600 x 600 pixels) and save as a .png file, and you are all done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you should have a problem, please feel free to E-Mail Me and I'll be happy to help you out.

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